Organisations Supporting Literary Exchange

A list of organisations supporting literary exchange across Europe and beyond

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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland’s International programme has been designed to develop the skills and expertise of the sector, building knowledge, capacity and networks for the future. We welcome applications from those who are new to international working as well as those with a more established approach. Companies and individuals in receipt of funding are expected to share the outcomes of their work with others.

www.creativescotland.com 

English PEN

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, the worldwide fellowship of writers promoting free expression. Through its campaigns and programmes, English PEN promotes the freedom to write and the freedom to read. Internationally, English PEN campaigns on behalf of persecuted writers, editors and publishers. In the UK, it campaigns to reform laws that curb free expression, and for greater access to literature. It runs a number of programmes for creative writing and translation and a busy events programme. http://www.englishpen.org

Grants from English PEN
PEN Promotes 
(formerly known as Writers in Translation) has been promoting literature in translation since 2005 and is supported by Bloomberg. Each year, a dedicated committee of professionals selects between 8-10 books that are translated into English from a wide variety of foreign languages. English PEN awards grants to UK publishers to help promote, market and champion these titles. Its aim is to celebrate books of outstanding literary value, which show a dedication to free speech and intercultural understanding, and therefore have a clear link to the PEN charter.

PEN Translates! is English PEN’s new grants scheme for translation. Launched in 2012 at the London Book Fair, this unique new fund is open to submissions from all UK-based publishers. Building on the success of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme, it is committed to supporting works of outstanding literary merit, strong and innovative publishing projects and diverse writing from around the world.

Etxepare Basque Institute (Basque Government)

The Etxepare Basque Institute’s mission is to promote Basque language and culture around the world, including the promotion and support of translations of Basque literature into other languages and collaborations with organisations dedicated to the diffusion of Basque culture.

The EBI issues grants for the promotion of Basque literature, translation of works and travel for writers. Visit http://www.etxepareinstitutua.net for more information.

www.etxepareinstitutua.net

European Culture Foundation

The European Cultural Foundation initiates and supports cultural exchange and creative expression across wider Europe. They share and connect knowledge across the European cultural sector, and campaign for the arts on all levels of political decision-making. ECF link policy and practice, to act as catalysts for artistic and cultural expression and to have a concrete impact on European cultural policies and strategies.

 

www.culturalfoundation.eu/

Fund for Central and East European Book Projects

The Fund for Central and East European Book Projects (CEEBP) was established in Amsterdam in 1992 as a successor to the Central and East European Publishing Project in Oxford, under the auspices of the European Cultural Foundation. CEEBP’s aim is to enhance the free flow of thought and information across borders by supporting quality publishing in Central and Eastern Europe.

To achieve its aims, the CEEBP awards grants to publishers of quality books for translations into and between the languages of Central and Eastern Europe in the field of literature and the humanities. It assists associations of publishers and booksellers in introducing professional improvements in the book trade infrastructure, by providing professional contacts, training, and the transfer of expertise and professional skills in order to augment accessibility of books and information about books to the general public.

www.ceebp.org

Haus für Poesie

Since its foundation in 1991, the Haus für Poesie, formerly the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, has been promoting and supporting all areas of literature, but especially poetry, both as the written word and in conjunction with other art forms and media. Its work has focused exclusively on poetry since 2000. It is the venue where contemporary poetry in all its diversity of forms is showcased and discussed.

The Haus für Poesie runs a number of projects, including lyrkline.org, worldwide largest multilingual database of poets, poems and poetry reading recordings, Poesiefestival Berlin and Zebra Poetry Film Festival, the largest of its kind in the world.

 

literaturwerkstatt.org/

Jan Michalski Foundation

The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is attributed each year by the Jan Michalski Foundation (based in Switzerland) to a work of world literature. An original feature of the prize is its multicultural nature. It is open to authors from the world over and is intended to contribute to their international recognition. The prize will be awarded for works of fiction or non fiction, irrespective of the language in which they are written. The winner will receive an amount of CHF 50,000, offering the possibility of greater dedication to his or her art. The authors of short-listed works will be invited for a three-month period of residence at the Maison de l’Ecriture.

The Foundation also promotes and supports literary projects, particularly through the granting of financial support. Find out more at: http://www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/bourses/.

www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/prix-jan-michalski/

Literature Ireland

Literature Ireland, formerly known as Ireland Literature Exchange, promotes Irish writers and writing internationally. It does this through its translation grant, translator development, literature events and book fair programmes.

Funded by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council, Literature Ireland is a proud partner in the Trinity Centre for Literary Translation.

Next Page Foundation

The activities of Next Page are based on the premise that equal access to knowledge is crucial for people’s participation in shaping the societies they live in and for promoting intercultural understanding. The Foundation works for the enrichment of pluralistic public discourse by supporting the growth of independent private publishing, accessibility of translations and better informed public policies. The Foundation works in countries in transition and in developing countries.

Book Platform is a project of Next Page Foundation that assists in developing skills, in building international networks and in creating smart policies for a healthy, sustainable and open book culture in three countries of the EU Neighborhood Policy – Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Next Page provides grants for translation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and works for the development of independent publishing in those countries.

www.npage.org

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